This collection of works was born to remind you that the style of figurative painting, symbolism and abstract works of art were first conceived by primitive man. Some colored geometric shapes, found in rock paintings, the many symbols encoded by Professor André Leroi Gourhan, are revisited, transfigured, idealized, imagined, reinvented in the works of Andrea Benetti, who wants to highlight the true origins of abstract art. This collection of works consists of bas-reliefs with gesso on canvas and then antiqued using natural substances, such as cocoa, turmeric, henna, red sorrel, coffee. Finally, some parts of the works are then painted with oil paints.

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Weight 5 kg
Dimensions 70 × 2 × 70 cm

Andrea Benetti

Andrea Benetti was born in Bologna in 1964. He is a painter, photographer and designer. In 2006, he drew up the Manifesto of Neo-Cave Art, presented in 2009 at the 53rd Venice Biennale, at the Ca’ Foscari University. The Manifesto is inspired by the birth of art, by the cave painting of Prehistory. Andrea Benetti’s artistic poetics transfigures, quotes, reinvents and plays with ideas and forms of cave painting, creating an imaginary bridge, between contemporaneity and the origin of art. For over ten years, the Bolognese artist has been carrying out projects in collaboration with various Italian and foreign universities, including Johns Hopkins University, the universities of Bologna, Ferrara, Bari, Roma Tre, Lecce and Bergamo. Over the years, some universities have included Andrea Benetti’s Neo-Cave Art in the research program. His works have been acquired by museums and various institutional collections around the world, including that of the United Nations, the Quirinale (seat of the Presidency of the Italian Republic), the Italian Chamber of Deputies, the Vatican and some Italian Embassies around the world. In the last decade, Andrea Benetti has been received at the Quirinale, the Chamber of Deputies and the Vatican. He met Pope Benedict XVI in 2012 and Pope Francis in 2014. Many university professors and important art critics wrote about his painting, actively participating in the projects conceived by the Emilian artist. For many years the entry Andrea Benetti has been present in many encyclopedias, including the Treccani and De Agostini (the most important Italian encyclopedias), the WikiArt encyclopedia (the most important world encyclopedia of art) and is present on Wikipedia, translated into thirty languages. In 2020, Andrea Benetti was awarded the 49th “Nettuno d’Oro” prize, the longest-running and most prestigious artistic prize in the city of Bologna.

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